Magna • There’s a scene within the film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” the place Paul Rudd’s persona says that, since shifting to Hawaii and turning into a surf teacher, he’s give up dressed in his watch. Jason Segal’s persona fanboys over such dwelling within the second, however Rudd briefly disabuses him of any grand-scheme-of-things mysticism:
“Yeah. No, like, my cellphone has a clock on it, so I don’t really need it.”
Provo resident Michael Richardson may determine with that at Thursday night time’s Jack White live performance at Great Saltair. He wasn’t dressed in an eye fixed. But he discovered himself in need of one. Because despite the fact that he remembered complete neatly that his smartphone was once stowed in a lockable canvas pouch — like everybody else’s on the display — that didn’t stay him from seeking to take a look at it.
“I have reached for it a few times to see what time it is, to try to figure out when Jack will be on,” Richardson admitted. “And then it’s like, ‘Oh yeah.’”
When White’s excursion forestall in Utah was once introduced, native dealer Ticketfly integrated a remark from his control group on its site: “PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, or recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets & experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”
And so, as fans queued out of doors Saltair, 15 or so Yondr staff populated the traces, subsidized through tables coated with luggage stuffed with the pouches. Your price tag was once scanned, your telephone was once momentarily passed over and slid right into a canvas pouch, the magnetically sealed opening snapped close, your telephone was once passed again to you, and on you went to move thru safety.
Lehi’s Stephanie Grover stated she was once doubtful of the concept that, regardless that she did concede that experiencing it made her see its deserves.
“I’ll admit I was a little panicked at the idea of not being able to look at my phone whenever I wanted. … I wasn’t pleased when I found out about it. I kept thinking, ‘How am I gonna check my emails? How am I gonna take pictures? How am I gonna post on Instagram?’” she stated. “It’s actually been really nice not to have to stress out about things. I’ve just been able to put work aside and enjoy the show.”
Of route, for some, “the show” has come to surround extra than just listening to the track itself. People like snapping selfies with the artist onstage in the back of them. They like having a video in their favourite music being carried out. They experience having a virtual souvenir that may pop up as a Facebook “memory” in a 12 months.
So whilst White has his excursion photographer publish pictures after each and every display to jackwhiteiii.com and the Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive for fans to make use of on social media, it simply isn’t the similar.
Sara Woolsey, whose circle of relatives drove 250-odd miles from Panguitch to Magna, lamented no longer with the ability to snap some footage of her Eight-, 10-, and 16-year-old youngsters at their first live performance.
That stated, she was once happy to seek out there was once a “Phone Use Area” to be had on the venue’s out of doors patio. She stepped into the gated space, swiped her pouch over an unlocking software and was once ready to name to test up on her little one that was once left again at house with an in a single day sitter. A Yondr worker then ensured her telephone was once locked away once more earlier than she left.
She in the long run got here away an enthusiastic recommend.
“I think it’s friggin’ awesome! … I actually asked if I could buy some!” Woolsey stated with fun. “They’re a great idea. They’d be nice to have at home to lock up the kids’ phones when you need to.”
Richardson, from Provo, in the meantime, was once taking part in the adults having their telephones locked up, too. He stated his spouse, who was once no longer in attendance (she’s merely no longer a Jack White fan), believed the mandate to be “ridiculous,” however he had a special opinion.
“I was really happy not to have to look through other people’s screens all night,” he stated. “I just kind of expect [phones] to be part of the concert experience now. So this show is very unique for not having them. It’s pretty cool.”
An enforced phone-free night was once no longer altogether new for Sandy’s Jacqueline Lovell, who stated her first such revel in got here when she and different attendees had been requested to seal their telephones in an envelope at her sister’s marriage ceremony. “Of course, I was happy to do it,” she stated.
She was once moderately much less satisfied to do it Thursday night time.
Her spouse, Scott Lantz, extolled its virtues, noting that leaving their two babies at house had afforded them a “relaxing” night and that being compelled to have their telephones locked away was once “forcing us to spend quality time together — I know that’s embarrassing to say!”
For Lovell, regardless that, even though she identified the purported advantages, the loss of autonomy within the scenario was once slightly irksome.
“He’s the fan tonight and I’m here for him, so for me, being present for the music isn’t necessarily that important,” she stated. “… I had already been making more of a conscious effort to disconnect in small ways. This feels like an extension of that — even though it was forced on us.”
The revel in of constructing it thru a live performance with out your telephone may also be slightly unnerving, regardless that no longer essentially unpleasantly so. Your eyeballs now not wish to navigate a sea of small viewscreens to seek out the degree. Your arms, on the other hand, can be looking for one thing to do, along with your telephone pouch crammed for your handbag or your pocket.
Some other folks pumped their fists to the beat. A stray few deployed celebratory heart hands. Most merely settled on dancing in position, bobbing their heads to the track and clapping in unison upon White’s instructions. It was once a decidedly old-school really feel.
Grover, from Lehi, urged concertgoers embody that extra — whether or not they’re made to or no longer.
“Twenty years ago, we were fine being at a concert without them,” she famous. “I guess you don’t realize how attached you are to your phone until you don’t have it.”
JACK WHITE’S SALTAIR SETLIST
Over and Over and Over
Black Math (The White Stripes music)
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes music)
What’s Done Is Done
My Doorbell (The White Stripes music)
High Ball Stepper
Connected through Love
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes music)
Carolina Drama (The Raconteurs music)
I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes music)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (The White Stripes music)
Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes music)
Steady, as She Goes (The Raconteurs music)